While the couple were only married for two years, they were together for over a decade after meeting on the set of Mr. and Mrs. Smith in 2004.
It's not the first time Jolie has opened up about her children being her rock, when speaking to Harper's Bazaar previously she shared that they were instrumental in her healing. "My children know my true self, and they have helped me to find it again and to embrace it," she said. "They have been through a lot. I learn from their strength. As parents, we encourage our kids to embrace all that they are, and all that they know in their hearts to be right, and they look back at us and want the same for us."
Last week, in the wake of the Black Lives Matter protests Jolie also opened up about not staying silent for the sake of her children.
"A system that protects me but might not protect my daughter — or any other man, woman or child in our country based on skin colour — is intolerable," she told Harper's Bazaar UK. "We need to progress beyond sympathy and good intentions to laws and policies that actually address structural racism and impunity. Ending abuses in policing is just the start. It goes far beyond that, to all aspects of society, from our education system to our politics."
As for the advice she's teaching her six children, she simply said: "To listen to those who are being oppressed and never assume to know."